whose boundaries include jukes and doglegs, long narrow panhandles, hooks and curling tentacles, blind angles and multiple lobes that, in some cases, give them the look of a gerrymandered voting district; also, some counties whose territory seems to have been needlessly divided into completely separate halves by a body of water.It's a pretty subjective category, so argue nicely in the comments. And finally, I will sometimes delve further into counties of the "Just Stupidly Low Population" persuasion, JSLP for short, with a population around or less than 2,000. The figures in parentheses are area (in square miles) followed by population, based on the latest census data according to no less credible a source than Wikipedia. All this in service of the idea, stated in my previous post, that county lines throughout the country could stand to be redrawn a bit, to better serve residents and taxpayers.
ALABAMA: The first state in alphabetical order has 67 counties. Stupidly Big Counties include Baldwin (1,590/239 K), Tuscaloosa (1,322/227 K), Mobile (1,229/413 K), Jefferson (1,111/668 K), Jackson (1,078/53 K). There aren't any Stupidly Small ones; the closest is Cleburne (560/15,103). Weird shaped: Greene, Clarke, Perry, Houston and Cleburne.
other examples throughout the country. But for its independent cities, Virginia is all but unique. (Quiz time: What are the three exceptions, already mentioned above?) Anyway, Virginia also has 95 counties, and none of them are Stupidly Big (indeed, none exceed 1,000 square miles). However, its Stupidly Small Counties include Mathews (86/8,546), Charles City (182/6,594), Richmond (192/9,017), Rappahannock (267/7,407), Surry (279/6,530), Cumberland (298/9,681), King and Queen (316/6,662), Craig (330/4,865), Bland (359/6,173), Highland (416/2,226) and maybe Bath (532/4,114). Weird-Shaped ones include Middlesex, King and Queen, Northumberland, King William, Hanover, Goochland, Culpeper and Alleghany.
And that's all, folks! Comment nicely if I missed a county that shouldn't exist, or that should be broken up, or that's too weird-shaped to thrive in the wild. Thanks for sticking with me!